Fuel-economy rules & jobs, Tesla quality issues, high-volume VW electric car: Today’s Car News

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

Today, we look at why looser fuel-economy rules won’t create more jobs, why Tesla owners love their electric cars despite significant documented quality issues, and when the first high-volume Volkswagen electric car will arrive. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The first high-volume Volkswagen electric car must arrive by 2020, executives… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109497_fuel-economy-rules-jobs-tesla-quality-issues-high-volume-vw-electric-car-todays-car-news

Another Chevy Bolt EV electric-car owner weighs in on pro and cons

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (John Voelcker)

We’ve had a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in our fleet for a handful of days, and have been thinking about our impressions of the car in everyday use. While a major snowstorm cut half the days out of our test run—with a 7-foot snowdrift blocking the road to my house—we’ve been using the Bolt in and around the New York City metro… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109494_another-chevy-bolt-ev-electric-car-owner-weighs-in-on-pro-and-cons

Plug-in hybrid London taxi plant opens in U.K., owned by Chinese firm Geely

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

Few vehicles are as iconic as the London black cab, known the world over for its upright shape and ubiquity (although many of them aren’t black any more). But under the stewardship of Chinese automaker Geely, the black cab is about to get a green makeover. The London Taxi Company recently completed a U.K. factory that will build a new version of… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109488_plug-in-hybrid-london-taxi-plant-opens-in-u-k-owned-by-chinese-firm-geely

Tesla electric cars have quality issues, but owners love them regardless

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

Tesla electric cars have many notable and pioneering qualities. Faultless reliability has not necessarily been one of them. Since the Model S launched in 2012, multiple quality issues have been documented by both owners and media outlets like Consumer Reports. The Model X debuted with a particularly high level of initial-quality issues, likely a… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109481_tesla-electric-cars-have-quality-issues-but-owners-love-them-regardless

Ignore politicians: lower fuel-economy rules don’t create jobs, analyst says

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

A common refrain among critics of current and future fuel-economy standards is that the need to comply with them produces job cuts in the auto industry. It’s a theme picked up by President Donald Trump during a much-publicized visit to Detroit last week. In the hometown of the Big Three U.S. automakers, Trump discussed plans to end what he termed… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109480_ignore-politicians-lower-fuel-economy-rules-dont-create-jobs-analyst-says

First high-volume VW electric car must arrive by 2020, CEO says, mostly for China

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

As it tries to put the ongoing diesel-emissions scandal behind it, VW Group is focusing its future on electric cars. The Volkswagen brand within the sprawling German company has developed an electric-car specific platform called MEB, and has shown multiple concepts based on it. Those include the ID hatchback, and the ID Buzz and Budd-e, both… …read more

Via:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109479_first-high-volume-vw-electric-car-must-arrive-by-2020-ceo-says-mostly-for-china

Chevrolet Bolt EV pricing, Tesla Model 3 update, hybrid mid-size sedans: Today’s Car News

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Today, Chevrolet Bolt EV pricing fluctuates, the Tesla Model 3 may skip one of Tesla’s prototype phases, and we look at 2017-model hybrid mid-size sedans. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Looking for a hybrid mid-size sedan? Here are all of the 2017 models, plus one due for 2018. A bill that would make it more difficult for scientists to… …read more

Source:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109475_chevrolet-bolt-ev-pricing-tesla-model-3-update-hybrid-mid-size-sedans-todays-car-news

Chevy Bolt EV pricing across U.S.: some discounts, some markups on electric car

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (Stephen Edelstein)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

With a base price of $37,495 and an EPA-rated range of 238 miles, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has no real direct competition at the moment. All other electric cars in its price bracket offer substantially lower ranges, while the 200-mile luxury electric cars sold by Tesla now start at $75,000. Just seven states into the Bolt EV’s nationwide… …read more

Source:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109468_chevy-bolt-ev-pricing-across-u-s-some-discounts-some-markups-on-electric-car

World’s largest electric-car charging site in parking facility: in Norway, of course (video)

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (John Voelcker)

Electric-car advocate Bjorn Nyland shows off Vulkan parking garage, Oslo, Norway  [video, Mar 2017]

Parking garages often aren’t very well-lit, and a video tour of one may not sound like a particularly enjoyable way to spend time. But if you’re an electric-car driver or advocate in North America, an 11-minute tour by electric-car advocate (and Tesla fanatic) Bjørn Nyland may be time well spent. That’s because his tour of the Vulkan… …read more

Source:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109452_worlds-largest-electric-car-charging-site-in-parking-facility-in-norway-of-course-video

What’s the most important fuel-cell car so far? Poll results

By feedback@highgearmedia.com (John Voelcker)

2017 Toyota Mirai

About 600,000 plug-in electric cars have been sold in the U.S. in the past 10 years. The number for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles is lower: as of the end of last month, it’s below 1,600. Nonetheless, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota today offer zero-emission vehicles powered by hydrogen in limited areas of California, and other makers are likely to launch… …read more

Source:: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109467_whats-the-most-important-fuel-cell-car-so-far-poll-results